Central Intelligence Agency is in truth a Central Covert Action Agency - Ralph McGehee

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Central Intelligence Agency is in truth a Central Covert Action Agency -
Ralph McGehee

CIA interferes and OVERTHROWS Govts all over the world and then WHINES
24x7 about Russian Interference, which DID NOT even change the outcome
of the election



Down and Out in Thailand
Light at the End of the Tunnel

Deadly Deceits

by Ralph McGehee

The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency.
It is the covert action arm of the President's foreign policy advisers.
In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while
reporting "intelligence" justifying those activities.

It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet
nuclear weapon capability) to support presidential policy.
Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and
the American people are the primary target audience of its lies.

As noted in the Church Committee's final report, the Agency's task is to
develop an international anti-communist ideology. The CIA then links
every egalitarian political movement to the scourge of international
communism. This then prepares the American people and many in the world
community for the second stage, the destruction of those movements. For
egalitarianism is the enemy and it must not be allowed to exist.
The Vietnam War was the Agency's greatest and longest disinformation
operation. From 1954 until we were ejected in 1975, the Agency lied in
its intelligence while propagandizing the American people. It planted a
weapons shipment, forged documents, deceived everyone about the Tonkin
Gulf incident, and lied continually about the composition and motivation
of the South Vietnamese communists. Even now Agency historians and
ex-employees try to perpetuate the propaganda themes through which it
tried first to win and later to maintain American support for the war.
As recently as April 22, 1981, former CIA director William Colby wrote
an article for The Washington Post, portraying the Vietnam War-even in
light of the Pentagon Papers disclosures-as the altruistic U.S. coming
to the assistance of the South Vietnamese people. He had the audacity to
recommend the period from 1968 to 1972-the era of CIA assassination
teams-as a model for use in El Salvador.
Not much has changed since I left the Agency. It follows all the same
patterns and uses the same techniques. We have seen this in relation to
El Salvador, where it fabricated evidence for a White Paper, the same
way it did in Vietnam in 1961 and 1965. We have seen it in Iran, where
it cut itself off from all contact with potential revolutionary groups
to support the Shah. We have seen it in the recruitment ads seeking
ex-military personnel to man its paramilitary programs. We have seen it
in relation to Nicaragua, where it arms Miskito Indians in an attempt to
overthrow the Nicaraguan government. In this case it again exploits a
naive minority people who will be discarded as soon as their usefulness
ends, as happened with the Hmong in Laos. We have seen it in its
attempts , to rewrite and censor the truth personally have experienced ,
this kind of Agency effort recently when it censored an article.
I wrote about its successful operation to overthrow the government of
Achmed Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965.5 Its operations under President
Reagan have become so outrageous that even the House of Representatives
Intelligence Committee protested its plans to overthrow Qaddafi of Libya.
As long as the CIA continues to run these kinds of operations, it will
not and cannot gather and collate intelligence as its charter says it
must do. This leaves our government without that essential service. The
most powerful and potentially most dangerous nation in the world is
forced to rely on CIA disinformation rather than genuine intelligence
because currently there is no alternative. This situation in today's
world of poised doomsday weapons is not acceptable.
But the danger looms even greater. The Reagan Administration has taken
steps to strengthen the Agency's position. On December 4, 1981, in
Executive Order 12333 entitled "United States Intelligence Activities,"
the President gave the CIA the right to conduct its illegal operations
in the United States, and on April 2, 1982, in Executive Order 12356
entitled "National Security Information," he limited the public's access
to government documents, thereby increasing the CIA's ability to hide
from public scrutiny. The President wants the Agency free of the
constraints of public exposure so that it can gather and fabricate its
disinformation unharried by criticisms and so that it can overthrow
governments without the knowledge of the American people. Such
activities, of course, are not in the best interests of the vast
majority of Americans. For example, whenever another factory moves to a
foreign country whose leader is kept in power through Agency operations,
more American jobs are lost. Only the rich American increases his
profits. It is for this reason that I believe that President Reagan acts
as the representative of wealthy America and, as his executive agency,
the CIA acts to benefit the rich.
Even after the Agency's conspicuous failures in Vietnam, Cuba, the
Middle East, and elsewhere, the fable that the CIA gathers real
intelligence dies hard. But if the Agency actually reported the truth
about the Third World, what would it say? It would say that the United
States installs foreign leaders, arms their armies, and empowers their
police all to help those leaders repress an angry, defiant people; that
the CIA-empowered leaders represent only a small faction who kill,
torture, and impoverish their own people to maintain their position of
privilege. This is true intelligence, but who wants it? So instead of
providing true intelligence the Agency, often ignorant of its real role,
labels the oppressed as lackeys of Soviet or Cuban or Vietnamese
communism fighting not for their lives but for their communist masters.
It is difficult to sell this story when the facts are otherwise, so the
Agency plants weapons shipments, forges documents, broadcasts false
propaganda, and transforms reality. Thus it creates a new reality that
it then believes.
Efforts to create a workable intelligence service must begin by
abolishing the CIA. For a host of reasons I believe the CIA as it now
exists cannot be salvaged. The fundamental problem is that Presidents
and their National Security Councils want the CIA as a covert action
agency, not an intelligence agency. As long as the CIA is subject to
such politically oriented control, it cannot produce accurate
intelligence. Because the CIA has been and is a covert action agency,
all of its operating practices have been adopted to facilitate such
operations while its intelligence-collection activities have been
tailored to the requirements of these covert efforts. The Agency's
difficulties begin with the selection of personnel who are chosen based
on personality characteristics essential for covert operations, not
intelligence. The problem continues with the formation of operating
rules that serve to foil the production of accurate intelligence while
facilitating the implementation of covert operations. Until those
factors are altered, the CIA cannot function as an intelligence agency.
Covert operations must be removed from the CIA and placed in an entirely
separate government agency. I would prefer recommending the total
abolishment of covert operations, but that is impossible given the
current world political realities. However, if a new covert action
agency consisted of a handful of knowledgeable people who could, in
emergency situations, pull together the necessary manpower to conduct a
specific covert operation, then the chance of its duplicating the abuses
of the CIA would be lessened.
If an administration at any point decided it wanted a true intelligence
service, it could be easily created. But it would not be enough merely
to separate covert operations from intelligence. Accurate intelligence
demands an atmosphere free of political pressure. One obvious solution
revolves around identifying individuals possessing recognized ability,
integrity, and flexibility and giving such individuals lifetime or
long-term non-renewable appointments to a board controlling intelligence
requirements and production. That board, augmented by top graduates of
political science schools in one-year clerkships, would provide the
independent analytical judgment necessary for valid intelligence.
Expecting our system to grant that independent authority may be
unrealistic. But trained analysts, working with all-source information,
overseen by a "Supreme Court" of intelligence, would help to guarantee
the production of accurate intelligence. Establishing a truly effective
intelligence agency is no problem. The only problem is getting our
leaders to want one, and that problem may be insurmountable.
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